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1. Mike Tyson K.O. 4 Larry Holmes (1988): Tyson was The Heavyweight Champion and defending his title against former champ, Larry Holmes. Tyson won the first two rounds with hooks as Holmes tied him up. Holmes landed a few jabs in the third but still lost the frame as Tyson was the effective aggressor. The 4th saw Holmes come out on his toes flicking strong jabs like he did in the old days. It didn't matter because Iron Mike was on the war path. Finally, Tyson catches Holmes with a hook and he goes down but gets up as brave as ever. Tyson then lands a left and right to the body and puts Holmes down for the count with an overhand right to the temple.
2. Roy Jones Jr. K.O. 4 Virgil Hill (1998): Light Heavyweight Champion Jones edges Hill over the first two rounds which were tentative. In the third Quick silver starts landing his jab when he throws it. Jones is setting traps and landing consistently now. In the fourth and final stanza Hill finally starts landing with frequency until Superman Roy lands a crippling right to the ribs that puts Hill down and grabbing his side. Hill is counted out for the first and only time in his career.
3. Sandy Saddler K.O. 4 Willie Pep (1948): These featherweight have already fought three times and this time Pep has lost a step...or two. Saddler rocks Pep badly in every round and he could not escape Saddler. Saddler puts Pep down three times and in the fourth he lowered the boom with a six punch flurry landing four clear hooks to the head. Pep is counted out and confused when he arises.
4. Simon Brown K.O. 4 Terry Norris (1993): Simon knocked Norris down in the first and wobbled him bad in the second. At the end of round three, Brown was out on his feet on the way back to his corner. In the final frame, Brown ran out of his corner to attack his prey. The two began trading and Brown landed a looping right to the side of the head and Terrible Terry was flat out on his back and Simon Brown was the new Jr. Middleweight Champion of the world.
5. Jack Dempsey K.O. 4 Georges Carpenter (1921): Heavyweight Champion Jack Dempsey pounded on the slow, plodding Carpenter the entire bout. Dempsey would leap in with huge rights and left hooks. Carpenter spent the first three rounds in retreat landing one punch at a time. Dempsey lands several hard uppercuts to win the third. The fourth frame starts with Dempsey in hot pursuit. Dempsey floors Carpenter with a two handed assault of hooks and uppercuts to end the slaughter.
6. Joe Louis K.O. 4 Max Baer (1935): The Brown Bomber dominates the first three minutes with pin point accuracy. Louis almost scores a first round stoppage with his non stop head and body punching. The pace slows in the second with Baer moving and holding but Louis still lands huge hooks and fright hands to win this stanza as well. Baer lands some hard rights in this round but is floored by a massive hook from Louis. He beats the count but is floored again at the bell. The 4th round sees Louis flicking hard sticks and landing most of them. Louis lands a huge right hand and a follow up left hook to down Baer for the ten count.
7. Sugar Ray Robinson K.O. 4 Carl BoBo Olson (1956): Robinson picked Olson apart in the first six minutes of action. The third saw BoBo valiantly make his last stand. He threw everything he had but was countered by deadly left hooks from Sugar. In the fourth round Sugar feinted a half hearted right to the body and then threw his vaunted left hook to shock his opponent and win by knockout.
8. Bob Foster K.O. 4 Dick Tiger (1968): Foster seemed hesitant at first to throw the right and Tiger stole the first 2 rounds. In the third Foster starts dictating the action with his long jab. The last round of this fight was brutal as he continues the jab. He finally made the moving tiger stand still and trade. Foster missed a big right hook in an exchange but he came back with a left hook that put Tiger out in dramatic fashion. You could have counted to 24 he was not moving.
9. Evander Holyfield K.O. 4 Dwight Qawi (1987): This fight was a rematch and it was for Holyfield's cruiserweight belt. The first round was a toss up but The Real Deal used a great jab and footwork to win the second and third rounds although they were very competitive. Holyfield ended matters in the 4th round by flooring Qawi twice the second knockdown came courtest of a huge overhand right.
10. Erik Morales K.O. 4 Junior Jones (1998): The first round was close but in the second and third Morales began to find his range and rock Jones a few times. Jones landed a few jabs but he also ate a bunch of left hooks to the head and body. Morales took total control in the final frame. For some reason Jones elected to stand and trade which made for a short night. First Morales floors him with a jab turned to hook combination but when Jones gets up he is met with 5 unanswered shots to end the match up in the refs arms.
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